What did Isaiah mean when he said he was a man of unclean lips?
Basically, Isaiah saw himself as a sinner, which we all are, so he was right. As human beings, we tend to put our sins on a sliding scale, from smallest to biggest. Smallest, the white lie, and biggest mass murder, or something like that. The problem is that the little white lie can keep you out of heaven as easily as mass murder, if you hang on to it and don’t ask God to forgive you, to help you to wipe it out of your mind. The other danger is that we think our sins are nothing, compared to the bad sins of others, which leads us to judge and feel superior to others. This leads to pride, which God hates, so all in all, it is better to remember that we are all sinners. We are therefore all in the same boat, sinners in need of a Saviour, so rather pray for each other than think we are better than others. Most people will look at themselves and say, I’m not too bad, but look at how God shows us in the Bible what we are really like.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way …
Romans 3:23 … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God …
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like
filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked …”
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells …
Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil …”
Isaiah recognized the evil in himself, confessed it to God, and was pardoned, forgiven, if you read further in the chapter.
Isaiah 6 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the
Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.”
I trust that this makes sense to you. God bless!
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